2013-2014 Artist Residencies

CWPS Artist Residencies

The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) brings international performers to campus through the Artist Residency program. The program seeks to pair artists from abroad with University of Michigan faculty who share an interest or expertise in the same genre or tradition. Faculty members participate and/or host artists as they present in forums such as class lectures, demonstrations, public presentations, and performances.

2013-14 Artist Residencies

Winter 2014

Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is a highly reputed sitar player and visited the University of Michigan between February 9 - 15, 2014. This internationally reputed musician is especially known for his exceptional spontaneity in musical expressions. While in Ann Arbor, Professor Bandopadhyay performed lecture demonstrations with Professor of Musicology, Meilu Ho and Professor of History of Art, Nachiket Chanchani. A free CWPS Signature event and public performance was performed on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm in the Apse of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Finally, Professor Bandopadhyay gave the lecture "Improvisation on the Sitar: Traditional Knowledge and Free Expression" for the Musicology Lecture Series in 506 Burton Memorial Tower from 5 - 6 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014. Please visit his website for more information.


The Mark Stone Trio will be at the University of Michigan on March 12th and 13th, 2014. While at the University of Michigan, they will participate in the World Percussion Ensemble : North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) classical music traditions of the Asian subcontinent Master Class with Dan Piccolo.The Trio will also participate in the Performing Arts and Power in Africa class with Kwasi Ampene. Finally, the Trio will be performing at the UMMA After Hours event on Thursday, March 13th from 7 - 10 pm. While the trio’s format is the traditional Carnatic arrangement of a soloist with percussion and violin accompaniment, the music itself draws on Mark's wide-ranging compositional influences, from American jazz to African mbira/marimba music. In the group Mark plays the gyil (a xylophone from Ghana) and many types of mbiras including the new American made array mbira, the traditional Ugandan endongo, the ancient South African mbira nyunga nyunga, as well as the modern kalimba and karimba. Please visit their website for more information.


The below may include both CWPS-sponsored and co-sponsored artist residencies. 

MidayantoJavanese gamelan musician, University of California, Berkeley

Residency Description:
Midiyanto will teach three mini courses (7 contact hours/week). He will help teach courses on gamelan (beginning and advanced) and a mini course on wayangan (shadow puppetry). These courses will be offered through the Residential College and the School of Music and will be open to all students, undergraduate and graduate in all units of the university. There will also be a performance on Feb 15, 2014 at Stamps Auditorium. 

Sponsor: Susan Walton, Lecturer IV in Musicology, Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Lecturer IV in Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Dates: January 7 - February 15, 2014

Chinese DanceProfessors Shao Weiqiu and Zhang JunDuring

Event/Residency Description: 

This Chinese Dance Residency is with Professors Shao Weiqiu and Zhang JunDuring. They will conduct a series of master classes in Chinese classical dance water sleeve and sword technique, which will be free and open to the University community and the general public. In addition to master classes, Shao and Zhang will offer free public lecture demonstrations, and workshops, moderated by University faculty, on the topic of Chinese classical dance, with a focus on aesthetic appreciation and cultural connections between Chinese classical dance and other Chinese cultural traditions, including Chinese opera performance and Chinese martial arts. The overall goal of the residency is to expose members of the University and the wider community to the art of Chinese classical dance, through a combination of hands-on workshops and educational events. The residency will culminate in a final public performance demonstration and reception in the Betty Pease Studio Theatre at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Sponsor: Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

Dates: February 6 - February 21, 2014

Rolando EstévezHandmade books

Event/Residency Description:

Rolando Estévez will present a lecture about the role of handmade books in Cuba and in the world today. He will speak about the handmade books he has recently  made for Ediciones Vigía, an artisanal press in Matanzas, Cuba, as well as his current one-of-a-kind books, which are finding homes in art collections around the world. During his visit, we will produce two short documentary videos about Estévez’s handmade books in our Rare Books Collection at the Graduate Library. These videos will form  part of a website to be constructed about Estévez’s work at the University of Michigan. Our university was the first American university to collect his work and we would like to honor that historic bond through the creation of a website highlighting our role in bringing his work to the attention of the wider public.

Sponsor: Ruth Behar, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology

Date: March 12-16, 2014

Silvana SantamariaBerlin-based, award-winning filmmaker

Event/Residency Description:

Silvana Santamaria is a Berlin-based award wining Filmmaker. While at the University of Michigan, she will be working with Professor Damani Partridge, with the Filming the Future of Detroit course. Ms. Santamaria will show her work, demonstrate filmmaking techniques, and help students and Detroit youth learn visual storytelling and film editing from March 31-April 19, 2014. Over the three weeks, they will meet in the University of Michigan's Detroit Center. The course will end with screenings of the resultant films in Detroit and Ann Arbor. In addition, Ms. Santamaria will show her work on campus in conjunction with the Turkish-German Studies group Almanya.

Sponsor: Damani J. Partridge, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

Date: March 31 - April 19th, 2014

Carmen SouzaJazz fushion artist, Lisbon, Portugal

Residency Description:
Carmen Souza will travel with three other musicians as a quartet. while at the University of Michigan, Souza will perform a concert and a music workshop focusing on the practice of jazz fusion with African roots music, particularly from the Cape Verde Islands. This workshop will feature Carmen and her mentor, co-songwriter/composer and bass player, Theo Pascal.

Sponsor: Fernando Arenas, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University Musical Society

Dates: April 2014